Hollister and Abercombie & Fitch

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  1. Baby_Rube

    Baby_Rube New Member

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    They are probably a bit controversial here, since some people think that they aren't very fashion-forward and in no way "trendy" like Forever 21. But what do you guys think about shopping there? (I've also heard that Hollister has opened up stores in London also.)

    For me, I generally do not shop there, but I must admit they most of the time have good quality stuff. I have recently purchased a pair of Laguna Skinny jeans (dark wash) at Hollister for US$39.99 and have loved it so far. I have trouble finding jeans that fit and their jeans seem to fit me well.

    Price-wise though, they are a bit overpriced, especially A&F, a pair of jeans can be up to US$100, which is ridiculous. Hollister is slightly cheaper but I still do not shop there, unless there's a clearance sale.

    Concerning sizing, they seem to be discriminating against normally-sized girls, the sizes run relatively small compared to most American stores (like AE or Forever 21). The Hollister that I went to put Size 6-11 jeans up in the shelves, where it is impossible to reach without a ladder, simply inconvenient! The average American women is larger than a small size 11 and they give people of a slightly "larger" size inconvenience! How come a size 0 girl can grab jeans easily, when we (I'm size 9 at hollister for jeans) have to ask for assistance EVERY TIME?

    Style-wise, I guess they are considered as "California Causal" or "Surfer Chic"? Though I see henleys, polos, tanks, torn flare jeans and sweatpant EVERY FREAKING SEASON.

    What do you think of them?
     
  2. lightened

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    I don't like them both that much, but sometimes I do gravitate to Abercrombie Kids because I'm small anyways, and the prices are cheaper. I prefer it over Hollister because the logo usually matches the colour of the shirt whereas Hollister bird is always burgundy and to me it sticks out too much, lol.

    I only buy basics from the stores too, and if you catch AKids on sale the prices can be really reasonable. I've bought nice v-necks from them (where the logo isn't blatantly obvious) for $10 each, and I love the sheer cotton they use instead of heavier fabric a lot of other places use.

    Personally, brand names don't stop me from buying things, as long as the price is reasonable and the quality is good.
     
  3. papa_levante

    papa_levante oh! darling

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    True. It is such crap. :doh:

    I find these stores to be ridiculous because since when was California the utopia :judge: Why should all states try to look like Californians? It annoys the Hell out of me. We should take pride in our own states.

    The music is always too loud.
    The clothing all smells the same.

    Hate it.
     
  4. papa_levante

    papa_levante oh! darling

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    Typical. :innocent:

    theshophound
     
  5. ElleLesley

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    That Hollister store in Soho looks lovely inside with all the staircases and flooring ... too bad the brand is awful.

    But I've heard they actually hired 'models' to present the brands clothing and you apparently get payed for it? That's sounds like the case here, though I see no point in it whatsoever :ninja: And I haven't heard the greatest thing for there quality, I suppose it rips easily.
     
  6. Snow-White

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    only thing I've ever bought form A&F are sweat pants and plain t shirts.
     
  7. Street_a_Licious

    Street_a_Licious Active Member

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    idc, i like their stuff and especially their fit.

    and you got no idea what "overpriced" means before you've seen A&F being sold in a boutique next to Hugo Boss, D&G, Diesel and McQ by Alexander McQueen. those a$$holes jacked up the price for a polo shirt to 99 Euros. a tee costs 69 Euros.

    go figure.

    :lol:
     
  8. December_25th

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    Hollister isn't as bad when it comes to overpricing compared to Abercrombie. Freaking RIDICULOUS. I can't remember if/when I ever bought something full price at A&F. I think Hollister has better sales (50% off) and selection in sizes (At A&F you'd be hard pressed to find a sale item you like in a size other than XS and XL). Their hoodies are surprisingly soft, I'm quite pleased with them.
    I dislike how loud they pump the music up REALLY loud in our city's store. That, coupled with the stench of the perfume and cologne you can smell 3 stores down gives me a headache.
    Also, the sizing at Abercrombie is whack.

    However, despite all my qualms with A&F and Hollister, I still like the stores for the most part. Go figure :lol:
     
  9. Baby_Rube

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    Oh man, I went return something that I bought at Hollister, and I have also noticed that the music was soooo freaking loud and same with the cologne. lol.
     
  10. papa_levante

    papa_levante oh! darling

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    Hear, hear! :judge: Too. Freakin'. Loud.
     
  11. Street_a_Licious

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    bring your iPod, pop in your own earbuds, ignore their BGM :lol:
     
  12. brianna

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    Totally agree about the music in Hollister. I haven't shopped there in a couple of years but when I used to, I remember just getting so annoyed with the music and wanting to get out of there!

    Personally, I like Hollister better than A&F. A&F is too overpriced for what it is.
     
  13. Zarina

    Zarina Noblesse oblige

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    I have only been once to A&F - that was in NYC at Fth Ave. Also there the music was unbearable loud, so I left before I had had a look at the clothes.:doh:
     
  14. Street_a_Licious

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    i've seen your style Zarina on WAYWT and A&F stuff wouldn't have been your cup of tea anyways lol ;)
     
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    Zarina Noblesse oblige

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    ^I guess you are right :lol:
     
  16. Miss Mod

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    I've heard the music/ stench is to repel parents. But I guess in a lot of cases it repels shoppers too :p

    I went through the typical Abercrombie/Hollister phase around 7th grade, and I'm glad it didn't last too long. I always shopped at the little kid's abercrombie, so I never dealt with the ridiculous over-pricing. I don't particularly like the the clothes anymore, but I don't have a problem with them. What I do dislike is the people who are clad head-to-toe in A&F and Hollister and are convinced that they are God's gift to fashion and impossibly original. Well, anybody who has that attitude, no matter how they dress, is pretty annoying.
     
  17. Susanna-Cole

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    I used to like their clothes more, but I got really bored with them, same thing, same styles, it always seems. Plus, their staff tends to be immature and annoying. :rolleyes:

    Yes, I'm 18, and have to say, both of those things repel me, especially the music. I'm partially deaf, so the loudness, isn't too awful, it's just not being able to talk to anyone else, unless you yell, and then it seems whenever I'm trying to communicate, in there, and therefore yelling loudly, the tracks always seem to change at that exact moment, and suddenly, there's like 5 second silence, and for the first second or two, I'm still yelling like a idiot, and it's dead silent, so the whole store and anyone walking by can probably hear me loud and clear now. :lol:
     
  18. papa_levante

    papa_levante oh! darling

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    True. Just because you are wearing T-shirts with nothing more than palm trees on it doesn't make you The Sh!t.
     
  19. julesde89

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    If i had to choose, i'd prefer A&F over Hollister because with the latter, i get an image that yells "pre-teen/high school." With A&F, some of their pieces actually look kind of cute but not too high school. I also find A&F stores more tolerable because Hollister stores are waaaay too 1) loud 2) dark 3) cluttered. At least I can easily walk around A&F stores without bumping into a lounge chair, or a wooden table...and they have pretty catchy music sometimes as well. :lol:

    Actually, out of all the A&F brands, I prefer Ruehl.
     
  20. Street_a_Licious

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    i actually downloaded some tracks off iTunes based on their monthly playlists :ninja:

    even tho it's very dance/techno heavy... some of their house remixes are good tho.
     

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